Real-Life Popeye Has World’s Largest Biceps

Moustafa Ismail, a 24-year-old Egyptian bodybuilder has recently claimed the Guinness record for world’s largest biceps. His bulging arms are 31 inches across, the same circumference as a grown man’s waist. He is often called a real-life Popeye, just like arm-wrestler Matthias Schlitte.

You’ve probably seen those horrific photos floating around the Internet of bodybuilders who have injected their muscles with synthol. It is not a growth hormone, nor an anabolic steroid, but a synthetic oil famous for giving weight-lifters freakish, almost cartoon-like muscles. Now, one man has proven you can get the same results if you just work out hard-enough and stick to a rich-protein diet. Moustafa Ismail, an Egyptian bodybuilder currently living in Massachusetts, USA, has been pumping iron religiously for the last 10 years, and his results are pretty impressive. The man nicknamed Big Mo started working out as a way to keep fit, but after receiving compliments from fellow fitness enthusiasts on the size of his arms, he decided to dedicate himself to becoming even bigger. With arms the circumference of a grown man’s waist, you can say Moustafa has reached his goal.

Photo: Guinness Book of Records

“My friends in the gym just couldn’t believe how much my arms seem to grow so I began to really focus on getting bigger,” Ismail remembers about his humble beginnings as a bodybuilder. Now this real-life Popeye lifts up to 500 kilograms and has set a new world record for largest biceps. To keep his arms growing, the young Egyptian consumes 3lbs of chicken, 1lb of steak or fish and three protein shakes per day, plus about 7.5 liters of water. But, he notes that genetics also play an important role – his father, a former wrestler, also had impressive muscle mass.

Photo: SWNS

Moustafa is so focused on getting bigger muscles that he even moved his whole family to the United States, where he has access to more advanced training equipment. Big Mo spends most of his day trying to juggle two bodybuilding sessions and running two gas stations close to his home, in Massachusetts. “People always say: you remind me of Popeye the sailor man. This makes me laugh, the truth is I don’t have any spinach in my diet. I can’t stand the stuff,” Moustafa says.

via The Sun


Feedback (16 Comments)

  • Someguy Posted on September 13, 2012

    Popeye had big forearms, not biceps.

    Worst… cartoon… comparison… EVER!

  • Yuk Yuk Posted on September 14, 2012

    He has surgical scars in his armpits, that’s where they inserted the silicone implants. His forearms should also be huge to match the grips he needs to train his upper arms.

  • morbid Posted on September 14, 2012

    hey tough guy! keep using steroids.

    take a look to this video
    the guy on it has the same arms

  • james Posted on September 14, 2012

    Popeye = big forearms

    Egyptian body builder = freakishly big biceps

    Popeye comparison = Stupid

  • Joxa Posted on September 14, 2012

    I so want to hurt this guy in an MMA fight, the prick does not workout, his forearms are too small, his deltoids are too small. Even if he eventually trained only his biceps and triceps, his deltoids and forearms would follow suit and be bigger and more toned… This guy only injects his arms with Synthol oil that’s why they look like to bags full of liquids, that’s how obese people arms look! What a moron, and to give him credit is to be more idiots than he is!

  • The Scoe Posted on September 14, 2012

    I agree with Yuk Yuk. Implants as you can see the arm pit scars or he has been using synthol but I doubt it. He looks like he has done some weight training but not a heck of a lot. Again as Yuk Yuk notes his forearms should be much bigger. For the record, nobody curls 500kgs and I simply don’t believe the diet either. Given he wouldn’t be training anywhere near the amount suggested he would be quite fat with that diet!
    Is the author Spooky’s real name Moustafa Ismail?
    What a load of B.S. !!!!

  • Yea Right Posted on September 14, 2012

    This is a case of implants or “posing oil”. Those ‘muscles’ have no definition.

  • Bull Crap Posted on September 15, 2012

    Unless he provides xrays on his arms to show they are real, I say bullcrap. Compare him to Arnold or Lou Ferrigno, his muscles don’t look right.

  • theREALPopeye Posted on September 15, 2012

    This is a DISGRACE to ALL Popeye fans everywhere!!!!!

    Two words. Forearm. Bicep.


  • john Posted on September 15, 2012

    He’s full of crap he injected something it looks foolish you rect your arms bro that is not natural sorry for being so blunt but that’s my take on it

  • john Posted on September 15, 2012

    Ya your going to have to fess up no ones buying it sorry bro 🙁

  • Tony Posted on September 16, 2012

    Who the hell wants to look like that?

  • luluy Posted on September 16, 2012

    I agree with Yuk Yuk’s comments. He’s injected himself with implants as everything else is out of proportion especially his forearms!

  • kadlec Posted on September 20, 2012

    It’s Synthol people, just oil in injection. I just wonder why would anyone do that.

  • Pierre Posted on September 25, 2012

    he might be blessed with large muscle mass (rolleyes) but he was also blessed with 24% body fat.

    get on the treadmill dougboy.

  • Jazz Posted on October 3, 2012

    Thats just retarded, who on earth would actually think that looks good or provide any functional purpose! Its just plain down retarded! Makes no sense! Grossly oversized biceps and everything else is way out of proportion! Needs his head read!